Thursday, October 26, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Queensland Police are investigating following a wilful damage incident in Slade Point last week on 19th October.
Emergency services were called to the Slade Esplanade property just after 7pm following reports of a shot fired.
Upon arrival, police observed damage from a single impact on the outside wall before investigating further.
Mackay police said that people were home during the shooting incident but no injuries were sustained. Two people were confirmed as being home at the time of the shooting but it is unclear if there may had been others.
Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Eaton, Mackay CIB, said bullets had travelled into the interior of the home.
“Concerningly from that incident the projectiles had gone through the front wall of the house, and then travelled through two further walls and lodged in a rear bedroom at the back of the premises,” he said.
“Inside the house at the time was a 32-year-old female and a 59-year-old male, thankfully no persons were injured during the course of that particular shooting.
“As you can imagine the occupants were incredibly shaken, it’s an incredibly seriously incident, the shooting of a projectile into a house can have deadly consequences,” he said.
Witnesses or anyone with relevant vision is urged to come forward. Police are unsure if the offenders arrived at the property in a vehicle or by foot so all footage from surrounding streets around the date and time of the offence is welcomed.
“Anyone with CCTV footage from the streets surrounding Slade Point Esplanade area or dashcam footage from that area on that evening are urged to come forward,” DSS Eaton said.
“We also call on members of the public that may have knowledge of the particular incident, I have no doubt there will be members of the community who will know who committed this offence or have strong suspicions who has done this.
“We ask them to contact local police or Crime Stoppers.”
Police said they have no reason to believe it was a random shooting and are looking into whether it was the occupants who were targeted or people who were visiting the premises.
At this stage police haven’t confirmed the type of firearm used in the shooting and said forensic teams have retrieved the projectiles for testing. They confirmed that witnesses reported hearing one distinctive loud bang but it was part of their ongoing investigation to determine how many shots were fired.
Investigations are continuing.